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the safe way... beetles

I’ve seen the power washing method before but you have to be very careful around the antlers.  If you get to close and hit the base of the antler with a direct jet of water it will take the natural coloring that is there leaving a distinctly lighter line where you sprayed.  This is especially true with some of the dark timer bull elk antlers where they are almost black because of the trees they rub on. 

I think the best cleaning you can do is also the most time intensive and expensive to maintain is the flesh eating beetles.  It is the best way to ensure there is no damage to your trophy too.  I wouldn’t recommend that method unless you are a full time taxidermist because you have to keep feeding them all year.

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What's the working pressure

What's the working pressure when using a power washer? It would probably be a good idea to be careful around the the nose too, as the bone is real thin in this area.

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Some good looking stuff

Some good looking stuff fellas.

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I thought with my next buck

I thought with my next buck I'd try to do a euro mount, thanks for the ideas

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I've never heard of the power

I've never heard of the power washing technique. I'll have to give it a whorl. I really can't afford real mounts yet so I am building an army of skulls.

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The rule

I shoot the first legal animal that walks into range.  Because of that I don’t have a lot of big heads.  I made a rule for myself, if I shoot a “book” animal then I will have a full shoulder mount done of him.  So far I have two Coues Whitetail deer in Pope and Young record books and therefore I only have two shoulder mounts.  The rest is a pile of bone and skulls.

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pressure washing

Tape off the bases of the antlers with masking tape prior to washing.  As far as the nose goes you can get almost all of that with a knife pretty easily so there's really no need to blast the heck out of it.  The washer also makes really quick work of the inside.  Put the nosil in the base and give it a few quick bursts and out it all comes...clean as a whistle. 

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Thanks for the pointers,

Thanks for the pointers, bearklrThumbs up We'll have to try it out this year.

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Anybody seen the metalized

Anybody seen the metalized skulls before???  I have seen it done on a bear skull, pretty cool.
Here is an example.  Don't know this site, just an example...

http://www.skulltaxidermy.com/metalphotos.html

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I've seen them, just dont

I've seen them, just dont know how i feel yet. they look good, i just like the natual look. however i like the camo dip shulls those look pretty sharp.

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